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Need for Legal Compliance for Safe Solar Energy Waste Disposal
J.N. Malaviya
Recycling, Regeneration, Climate Change, solar waste
Photovoltaic Modules and BoS Components
Subtopic: Sustainability and Recycling
Event: 37th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 4AV.3.24
1204 - 1207
ISBN: 3-936338-73-6
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20202020-4AV.3.24
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India is amongst the top five countries producing solar photovoltaic (PV) power and will continue to further improve its position in future. The government has already set sights to produce 350 GW of solar power. Until June 2020 the country has already achieved close to 35 GW. Owing to sub-standard quality of components being used at several places the country is likely to witness faster rate of early loss of PV modules. It is anticipated by the year 2030 close to 300,000 tons and by the year 2050 nearly 7,500,000 tons of solar waste will pile up. Presently there are no laws that mandate safe disposal of solar energy waste unlike WEEE in Europe and it needs to be accorded priority to ensure no landfilling. A not-for-profit organisation can formulate a roadmap to pave way for safe end of life management using low-cost recycling equipment and ensure they are used for RE-POWERING. Nee employment opportunities will be created. About 240,000 MW of new panels can be re-produced without extracting new materials. It will result in overall CO2 abatement of 360 billion tons in their lifetime.